Assistantships in metropolitan France and Overseas Departments for 2014-2015



Assistantships in metropolitan France and Overseas Departments for 2014 - 2015


This program is aimed at students who intend to become teachers of French or English, or young teachers. (It is not meant for experienced language teachers.)

This program is now also opened to students of other disciplines (such as commerce, medicine, engineering) who can demonstrate a competence in French but seek to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency. To apply, students must have completed at least two years of university studies at the time of appointment (ie. October 2014).
In their applications candidates are given the possibility of expressing a preferred geographical location and an educational sector. Although every effort will be made to take into account these choices, no guarantee can be given that either will be granted.

Positions available & contract duration
About 50 positions are offered to Australian nationals (between 20 and 30 years of age):


Candidates may request the age group that they would prefer to work with. The French authorities will try to take requests into consideration but CANNOT guarantee that requests will be met.

Primary School - 7 months

A seven-month contract from October 1st through April 30th
A 12-hour per week schedule at a maximum of three different schools
Working with children aged 8-11
The assistant will be expected to organise oral expression activities on his/her own with small groups of students or to work alongside the teacher in attendance
Good level of French required.

Secondary School (junior high school or high school)

A seven-month contract from October 1st through April 30th
Working with students aged 11-18
The assistant will organize oral expression activities on his own with small groups of students or work alongside the teacher with the whole class in attendance

English language assistantship program for New Caledonia

Studying in France

Language assistants can only enroll as non-registered students in a French university due to the type and duration of their visa (D). This means the assistant is not allowed to take exams. Thus French universities can only issue a « certificate of attendance » which may be validated by the assistant’s home university.

Social security

Assistants are covered by the French Social Security system from the time they take up their position (1 October) until the end of their assistantship. Travel to and from France is the responsibility of the assistant. A monthly salary of around 965 Euros in metropolitan France, and of about 1250-1370 Euros in the overseas Departments (Guadeloupe,Martinique,French Guyana and La Réunion) is provided.
Accommodation is at the assistant’s expenses.
For further practical information, please visit the CIEP’S web site.

Role of the Assistant

Tasks to be fulfilled by the assistant include:

Providing help in the classroom in oral and written English with small groups of students for 12 hours per week.
Acting as a resource person by providing linguistic and cultural assistance to teachers.
Make recordings on tape for the audio-visual resources of the school’s library.
The assistant’s timetable may be shared between two schools.


Candidates must be Australian citizens

Candidates should be between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of taking up their positions, (from 1 October 2014). They should also preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.



Download theapplication form


The CIEP application form for the position of language assistant in France for 2014 - 2015 will be uploaded here when it becomes available.

Applications should reach the Embassy by Close of Business on the 13th of December 2013

Send to:

Mrs Gaëlle Gallois
Embassy of France
Higher Education Office
6, Perth Avenue
Yarralumla, ACT 2600

NB: Cancellation of an appointment, except for valid medical or family reasons (Certificate required) will disqualify the candidate from applying the following year.

Candidates will be informed of the result of their applications by May/June 2014

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please ensure all copies are collated and stapled together and that there are no loose sheets or photos with your application.

Once selected - what’s next

Information will be available once the selection has been made.

Dernière modification : 26/05/2014

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